CLC: Customized Learning Center Program
CLC supports youth in Grades 9-12 who are living with diagnosed complex mental health concerns. In partnership with community agencies, CLC is intended for students who have significant difficulties engaging in mainstream school settings. CLC students learn in small groups and with differentiated 1:1 instruction. Intensive support is provided for social-emotional needs. Ongoing collaboration between students, families/caregivers, community agencies/therapists and CLC staff/school counsellor is a key feature of the program. CLC is located in a quiet wing of the district's Continuing Education adult learning center.
CLC provides programming aimed toward graduation from the program or a return to a mainstream pathway to graduation. Transition planning is achieved through regular collaboration with student, family, school team and support agencies. The program values care, adaptiveness/flexibility and individualized support. CLC works to grow students' mental wellness and resilience in order that they increase engagement with learning and build self-efficacy. Staff teaches in flexible classroom settings and takes a self-paced, student-centered and strengths-based focus.
Features & Benefits
- Setting for up to 50 students ages 14-18
- Mental health support and agency collaboration
- Small group instruction
- Individual Education Plans (IEP's) are developed to meet each student's individual academic and life goals.
- Attendance monitoring and supportive follow-up
- Opportunities for volunteering, field trips and curriculum enhancement
- Youth Worker support
- Assistance with transportation to agency appointments
CLC offers three daily blocks of self-paced and small group instruction. Each day also includes a Connections block for students to build peer relationships and explore topics of interest.
CLC partners with a variety of community agencies and organizations and to offer volunteering opportunities for students. CLC courses are supported with resources by several community-based organizations. The CLC counsellor collaborates regularly with Tri-Cities (Port Moody) Office - Child and Youth Mental Health Services about individual students.
Eligibility Criteria & Referral Procedures
Referrals to CLC: Customized Learning Center are initiated by a student's home school. Students coming from out of district must contact the District Principal by phone at 604-939-9201 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org. Priority is given to students currently registered in School District #43, Coquitlam and all referrals are considered through school-based team processes and CLC intake procedures.